Inspiring children to love reading and writing

Pop Up Projects, in association with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has presented a series of workshops for teachers and authors to explore, engage and experiment with ways to bring books to life.  Pop Up Lab took the form of a one-day practice-sharing conference, held in Swansea’s Village Hotel, enabling participants to…

Going global: Comparing education in Wales and the Netherlands

One of Europe’s leading education systems will be the focus of a special symposium in Cardiff this autumn. Yr Athrofa’s Centre for Education Policy Review and Analysis (CEPRA) will present a unique insight into education in the Netherlands at its ‘Going global: Teaching outside the box’ event on Tuesday, November 12. Taking place at Tramshed Tech,…

International study visit enriches Welsh reform agenda

Teachers from across South Wales were given a unique insight into Dutch education during an international study visit to the Netherlands. A five-day trip included a tour around three schools, a meeting with the VO-raad coalition of school governors, and a policy briefing from advisors to the Minister of Education in The Hague. The delegation…

Yr Athrofa celebrates education rankings rise

Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, has moved further up a respected league table. The Guardian University Guide ranked Yr Athrofa 43rd in the UK – a rise of seven places from rankings published in 2018. Yr Athrofa was ranked 76 in the UK shortly after its launch in 2016. Programmes…

Aiming for Excellence – Graham Donaldson returns for seventh annual student-teacher conference

One of the leading figures in Welsh education was invited to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to inspire the next generation of teachers.  Education expert and author of the Welsh Government’s ‘Successful Futures’ report, Professor Graham Donaldson, addressed more than 600 future and practising teachers at Yr Athrofa, UWTSD’s Institute of Education. Professor Donaldson…

Register now for free summer conference on equity in schools

A free half-day conference focussing on equity in schools is being held next month at Yr Athrofa’s new waterfront campus. Aimed at educational leaders, regional consortia and professionals with an interest in supporting equity within school contexts, the event will explore key themes related to promoting educational equity. A series of stand-out keynote speakers include…

A rising tide lifts all boats

As the development of Wales’ new national curriculum reaches an important milestone, Elaine Sharpling calls on stakeholders to grasp the opportunity to both raise standards and address the attainment gap…   In eager anticipation, those of us working in education in Wales await the launch of the curriculum later this month. Whatever the documentation looks like –…

New research fuels Wales’ national professional learning offer

Research informing the development of a new national framework for professional learning of the education workforce has been published today by Yr Athrofa. A team of researchers based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was commissioned last summer to conduct a series of ‘rapid reviews’ to support the evidence-base for the emerging National…